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Historical Traveler Reviews Francis Palace Frantiskovy Lazne
My husband and I found this hotel to be perfect! It is in Giudecca and is a 5 minute waterbus ride to St. Marco Square. The hotel is nestled in a residential area and therefore gives you a better feel for life in Venice. The hotel was clean, comfortable and offered L'Occitane products. The staff was friendly and helpful. The buffet breakfast that is included with the room consisted of pastries, breads, meats, cheeses, yogurts and fruit. If you are looking for a place in the heart of the Venice action, this is not the place. If you are, however, looking for a place off the beaten path with in-minutes access to all the tourism of Venice, this I would recommend Domina Giudecca!
My fiancee (actually became my fiancee in Venice) and I went to Venice for 3 nights at the beginning of November. This hotel was absolutley lovely, you could not fault it in anyway.
The view across the harbour to Saint Marcs Square was amazing. I initially worried about not being on the main Island, but this was definatley not a problem, in fact it added to the whole experience. You can get a water bus from Palanca, literally a 2 minute walk from the hotel, to Saint Marc's Square.
The breakfast is simple, and is taken in a veranda, which is bright and most welcoming.
We could not fault this hotel and Venice was a perfect location for getting engaged!!
Go there, you will not be disappointed
Loved this hotel
Just returned from 2 weeks in Europe and this was our favorite hotel. Exceptionally clean, modern and comfortable. Generously sized room for Europe. And the staff went out of there way to make our stay enjoyable. A great value for Venice (we paid about $140 US per night).
It is right across the canal from St. Marks square. Don't let the location outside central Venice deter you - it is a very quick and convenient water bus ride (5-10 minutes) - and the buses run every 10 minutes during the day and 30 minutes all night. Take 82N or 41N to Palanca. Facing away from the water, walk left along the water, across the bridge and go right down the first alley, Calle Stretta Ferrando. Domina Prestige Giudecca is at the end of the street on the right. Bus tickets are available opposite the Palanca bus stop in the tobbacconists.
Well Worth Staying Here
Just come back from Venice having stayed at the Domina Prestige for 3 nights. Great location, approx 400 metres from the Palanca vaparetti stop. We felt it was much better to stay on Giudecca and to just travel the 3/4 stops to San Marco, literally 10/15 mins away. The view from the quayside overlooking the stretch of water was superb. Even things like seeing the children skipping home from school adds to the local feel of the island.
Rooms are small but well designed and more importantly spotlessly clean and tidy (hotel only opened in 2004). After all, you are in Venice so you will not be spending much time in the hotel!
Toiletries/shower were also excellent. Flat screen monitor and wi-fi keyboard was also a nice touch. Bed was comfy with daily maid service. Usual mini bar, (2 euros for a small bottle of water)!
Basic buffet breakfast (cereal, fruit, pastries, ham/cheese) along with good coffee, all was more that adequate. Breakfast is taken in a conservatory type room decked out in yellow and white, very summery and welcoming.
Friendly reception staff, small bar area and lobby for drinks should you need them. We'll probably stay again here for its relaxed charm, great location and superb value (reckon on approx 100/120 euros per night)!
Linda and David Wiltshire, Royston, Herts, UK.
Domina Prestige is good value for money
We have just come back from venice and stayed in the Domina Prestige Hotel on the Giudecca island which is a couple of stops from the San Marco Piazza.
We found the hotel to be very clean and cool in the summer heat. Staff were quite polite, although when we arrived staff member bundled us of to our room without even a "welcome to Domaina Prestige", but i put this down to Italian arrogance and manners.
The hotel rooms are much smaller than in the photos on their website. Also the King Size beds are two beds pushed together, however, the beds were comfortable and pretty big in size.
The hotel is very quiet at night.. it positioned really well on the island as it is 2 mins from the Palanca Water Bus Stop.
Mini bar was expensive but handy if you need it.. we ended up buying our own juice and used the mini bar to keep it cool.
Best part of this room was the shower... So much water you could nearly drown.. but was probably the best shower I have ever used. This was probably because we were on the ground floor.
All in all.. very good value.. we paid approx £75 a night and thats pretty cheap for a 4*
Breakfast was a basic continental, nothing special.
When arriving at the airport we caught a Water Taxi to the hotel.. this took us directly to the hotel door which was a great ride. Cost us 80 Euros but well worth it as the water bus takes ages as we found out on the return trip back to the airport.
Taxi to Airport 80 Euros for 2 people
Water Bus Back to airport 20 Euros for 2 people.
If arriving by water bus then you need to get to Palanca, Giudecca. When you get off at Palanca turn left and walk over the bridge then take the 1st alley on your right directly after walking over the bridge. Walk up the alley until you see another small bridge... Domina Hotel is the last door on your right just before the small bridge.
If you need a restaurant.. then I suggest eating actually on the island, its cheaper. There is a restaurant right next door to the Palanca Bus stop. Beware beer is expensive.. 1 pint is approx 9 Euros. But the food is not bad considering the views across the harbour! But anything with harbour views has a price tag. But then venice is not cheap.
If you want a cheap pizza to take away then walk out the hotel to your left.. walk down the alley to the water front and then turn right... there is a small pizza takeaway that serves very cheap pizzas!!
Bus tickets are also available for 3 day passes at 22 Euros... these are available apposite the Palanca bus stop in the tobbacconists. Good value!!!
All in all the hotel is great value and very clean. It is not like a UK 4 star... but very comfortable. Defiantly worth staying at this hotel because of the peacefull location and the value.
We would have give this hotel five stars but for the construction that is currently going on around them. Other than that, this hotel may be the best deal in Venice. The location is great, a couple of vaporetto stops from most major tourist destinations, and away from the insanity of Piazza San Marco. Very helpful staff. Quiet at night. Nice rooms (somewhat smaller than they look on the website), a bit hard to find on foot, but once you know it, quite easy access to Palanca vaporetto stop. A few cafes and shops right there in Giudecca, otherwise, you'll be taking the boat to most places.
Great, small hotel in a lovely, quiet location/
Guidecca is a beautiful, quaint place to stay away from the very crowded main tourist area of Venice. This hotel is simply lovely. Quiet, clean, and quite pretty. The front desk staff, particulary Marco, were very helpful. Would return to this hotel in a minute.
Fantastic value, great little hotel
It is in a quiet residential area on the Giudecca, the island across from Venice island but easily within reach by the frequent "vaporetti" (water bus). The stop to use is the Palanca and then it's only a two minute walk. Water Bus 82 from the Plaza Da Roma takes 20 minutes. The hotel is built to a really high standard, beautifully designed in an old building, the rooms are extremely comfortable. Breakfast is in a conservatory and is extremely good. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The price of the hotel compares very favourably with Venice island hotels. On the whole, we were very pleased and will definitely stay there again.
Quiet, comfortable and friendly hotel
Just returned from the Domina hotel, having had a fantastic weekend in Venice. The desk staff were extremely helpful, providing an excellent recommendation for dinner on our first night (at the Aquarama restaurant near Zattere).
The hotel is quiet but very comfortable with modern furnishings and a stylish, if small, bathroom. The only slight disadvantage is that the hotel is on the island of Giudecca, which means there's a slightly longer waterbus trip to the main sites (approx. 10 mins) and it is a very quiet part of Venice, so not many bars/ restaurants nearby.
Breakfast was a typical continental buffet.
All in all, we were very impressed with the hotel for the price we paid and would certainly visit again.
Great style off the beaten track
We have just had our second stay at this hotel and cannot praise it enough. It is in a quiet residential area on the Giudecca, off the beaten track and in a trendy up and coming area. The hotel is beautifully designed in an old building, the rooms are extremely comfortable and well designed. Breakfast is in a conservatory and is extremely good. The staff are friendly and very helpful. It has a small bar area and a well stock mini bar in the rooms which is handy as the Giudecca is a 'bit quiet'. On the down side, the hotel could really do with room service, if only for a light snack and there aren't any stunning views of Venice. On the whole, we were very pleased and will definitely stay there again.
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agonising ritual of checking in.
... dinner at Dal Moro's. There I had the four cheese pasta. After dinner, I went on a gondola ride on the Grand Canal for $104. It was very dazzling at night. The gondolier enchanted the experience by singing the entire time. The gondola lasted for 40 minutes, which flew by fast. After the gondola ride, I went back to my hotel for the night.
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... be making noises that loudly in their sleep, and of course he was sleeping on my bottom bunk. Needless to say, I got very little sleep that night.
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... look at. Then we took the water taxi back (was around 40 mins), and then walked to the jewish quarter as there was supposed to be an interesting synagogue there. Unfortunately that was closed, so we walked back to our accommodation. My feet were pretty sore by that time, so it was nice to have a little lie down. Then we went out to dinner at Trattoria tre Spiedi and this was a very good choice.
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